Monday, January 06, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside First Birthday Party

Well we made it!  As of the end of the year, we are officially the parents of a one year old! Of course, we had to celebrate in style.  Since we were hosting at home and the guests were primarily adults, I didn't go too crazy with a theme but rather kept it sort of loosely tied to the cold weather that would be expected this time of year.  It was a bum rush getting Christmas stuff down and birthday stuff up just a few days after Christmas but I think a good time was had by all.   Enough blabbing, on to the photos...

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I bucked my natural instinct to do a more elaborate invitation and went with a simple card that asked guests to "come in from the cold and have some fun, agatha is turning one...".  I also repurposed the abominable snowman Christmas centerpiece into a birthday party decoration and left the "Baby It's Cold Outside" sign I made earlier this month to welcome guests at the front door.

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It was a little hard to see here (next time I need to use black window marker, not white!) but I put up a few fun Agatha facts on our dining room mirror.  Favors were make your own snowmen kits found at a discount shop that I added some fill and hot cocoa packets to before adding a tag that read: Thanks a million for coming, here is something to take.  Just add some fresh snow and a snowman you'll make.

We hired a local puppeteer to perform for the kids and set up our own makeshift puppet theater using some tiny ikea chairs and a sign made of cut out card stock strung on fishing line.  Lastly I decorated the house with as many photos as I could fit on my walls.

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Since a good number of the guests were adults, we knew we had to feed them well.  On offer was a hot cocoa bar with all the fixings served along side homemade marshmallows.  I made the hot chocolate sign on the wood slice using some chalk paint and white gel pen.  A marshmallow tree finished off the tablescape.

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In terms of food, the highlight was certainly the delicious Belgium waffles made by food truck masters, wafels and dinges (if you are in NY, do not miss your chance at trying these!).  To finish off, my sister in law made a simply delicious and beautiful cake.  I don't think anyone left hungry!

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The kids all seemed to enjoy the puppet show, all of the guests seemed to enjoy the food and we were so happy to have so many people join us to celebrate.

28 comments:

  1. Happy birthday beautiful agatha! What a fun and creative party, I love the marshmallow tree and waffles, yum!!

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  2. Agatha is absolutely adorable! Love the party concept.

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  3. Wow beautiful ! We both have Winter babies. We just had a Winter Onederland themed party ourselves. Some similar ideas. Awesome stuff !!!

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  4. What an adorable party! And food truck waffles and a puppeteer? Genius! Agatha is lucky to have parents who throw her such fabulous parties. Happy birthday little one!

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  5. This is an adorable party idea. I especially love the hot chocolate bar and marshmallow tree! Pinning...

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  6. Whaaaaat? You can hire wafles and dinges to cook in your home??? Love the idea of hiring a puppeteer too!! Love every little detail of this party. I hope you had some coolicles! (Those pickles soaked in koolaid I think?) Happy Birthday Agatha!

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  7. Simply perfect...as always! Happy Birthday Agatha!

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  8. It looks like a great party and little Agatha is an adorable 1 year old. Happy birthday precious little one.

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  9. Looks amazing!! Great job as usual!! What a blessed family you all are! Happy New Year!!

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  10. Oh that is my favorite food truck. Oh New York how I miss you so. What an awesome idea for a party!~ Happy Birthday!!

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  11. I feel like I always say the same thing over and over again, but this was amazing! Super cute, but not over-the-top ridiculous. Elegant and adorable at the same time!

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  12. Agatha is adorable. Congratulations and Happy Belated Birthday to her. I think the first birthday is more of a celebration for the parents though. You made it one year, woohoo! As usual your display looks magazine worthy. And that is one cute Bumble!

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  13. This looks so cozy and lovely!! What a wonderful first birthday for your little gal. She looks so sweet. Happy Birthday, Agatha!

    xo.

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  14. Wonderful party ideas! Hate to go off-topic, but where can I get the the carafes and the lil bird? I love them both! :)

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    1. Thanks. The birds were from Target's Christmas decor this year. They were $5 each and so adorable. When I went back to get more, they were all cleared out! The carafes were ordered from Amazon and work really really well - the hot cocoa was still hot 12 hours later. The link is here but when I ordered them last month they were $13, not $20. So if you can wait it out, might be worth waiting til the price goes down again. http://www.amazon.com/Copco-Chloe-Thermal-Capacity-Carafe/dp/B000MAOOLE/ref=pd_bxgy_k_img_z

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  15. What a wonderful theme and party! And a gorgeous family!

    I love your gorgeous hot cocoa bar and love the idea of having a puppet show. Such fun!

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  16. Oh my goodness! I don't know HOW you pulled all of this off with Christmas and a 1-year-old, but I must admit I'm not surprised. And I'm SOOOOOO jealous of your mad sign-making skillz. I'm good at copying, but I don't have much in the way of original artistic-ness in me when it comes to drawing. : (

    ANYhoo, it looked amazing and delicious and really fun! Well done, Mama!

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    1. Thanks Abbie. I wouldn't consider my signs overly original. Its usually just something really simple or something I've seen bits of pieces of elsewhere that I join together in my head :)

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  17. Everything looked absolutely spectacular!! Happy (belated) Birthday to Agatha!

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  18. Well done Missus - I love the just add snow party favours but it all looks so "cool"!!! Oh - many happy returns, Aggie! x

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  19. That's a charming idea for a birthday party - definitely no overdone and very very cute! And, of course, everything looks perfect. Happy birthday, Agatha!
    ~Amy
    www.lifeonhillst.com

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  20. Happy birthday Agatha! The party looks amazing! Great job!
    Carpet cleaners

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  21. My son loves hot chocolate and this is his first year at college so when he came home fr Christmas we had a permanent hot cocoa bar set up.
    Variety of cocoas
    Edible sprinkles - even gold stars from the cake decor dept.
    vegan marshmallows and the best in the world from Sweet & Sarah
    A new hot water pot was in order, new mugs, red napkins with white polka dots. Sprinkles of many kinds. Each time I made him a cocoa I made it different with different sprinkles and colors and gave each one a name. Did it for the whole family so everyone wanted to know what their cocoa was named - things like Winter Wonderland etc.
    Ghiradelli had vegan cocoa - just call them to find out which or look for the ones you have to mix with "milk " and then use non-dairy.

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  22. This is such a « cool » theme! I would have never thought about that! And that invitation: GORGEOUS!

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  23. She is so beautiful! Happy 1st year to Agatha and her parents! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Happy Birthday to your little love. A memorable 1st b-day. Love your theme which is ageless and timeless. Everything you do is clever and melts my heart. That snowman is just too cute.
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